PTSD

Recent Poll Profiles Soldiers Returning Home From Conflict

I’ll be honest; I really don’t like the Family Feud. This may be an unpopular opinion, but it is mine, and I have the right to have it. My displeasure with the show is not with the host, the families on it, or the format; it’s with the survey they use for the answers. They only Survey 100 people for these questions! Are you really trying to tell me that 100 people can really represent the entire country when it comes to something as important as naming something you bring on a picnic? This is really the problem with surveys and polls as a whole, at least in my opinion. As a country, we are...

Military Sexual Trauma Information for Veterans

Military Sexual Trauma, or MST, is in the news a lot right now. In fact, the second season of the hit show "House of Cards" dealt with a subplot involving this subject. It's obviously a big issue for the military right now. While it is a big topic in the mainstream media, a lot of Veterans don't know where to turn for help. A look at the VA website actually has some helpful information on the topic. For instance, did you know that a Veteran does not have to be service connected to receive treatment at a VA facility for MST? In fact, there is no need to present evidence in order to...

(Almost) Everything You need to know about VA Effective Dates

Will I get back pay from the time I was injured in the military? This question is one I encounter with a lot of Veterans, and it is something that is met with a lot of confusion. There are actually a ton of misconceptions about this topic, and I wanted to take time to clear something up. In a perfect world it would make sense that if you have a back injury while in service, the VA would back pay you until then. However, we can tell by the fact that Wendy Williams gets to be on TV, that this world is not perfect. How does the VA determine this? Back pay has to do with your effective date, and...

What a "VCAA" means for your VA Disability Claim

Going to the mailbox is somewhat of a Roller Coaster ride for me. Sometimes it’s an awesome trip and I comeback with a Netflix movie I’ve been waiting for, or a Motor Trend Magazine with a practical midsize sedan on the cover. This only happens a few times a month, but more often I open the little mail box door to find bills, letters from the college I attended asking for alumni donations, and even statements from doctors saying that I owe them money. I hate those days. I have to imagine that Veterans filing for Disability have the same outlook on the mailbox. Almost every correspondence from...

Simple questions to consider when you are curious about PTSD

We are excited to welcome special guest blogger Julia McLaughlin, M.A. to our blog. Enjoy her first post: Curious if you have PTSD? Here are some quick questions to consider! Sometimes it is difficult to tease out the facts.  Information is abundant, but not all of it is correct.  When it comes to practically understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it is important to know facts from fiction. This is your life.  You have to figure out whether the incidents in your past are truly impacting your present, and impeding your future.  You are responsible to determine whether or not you are...

Coast Guard Veterans and VA Disability Compensation

I have friends who have served in the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, as well as the National Guard, but I have no acquaintances who have served in the Coast Guard. It is perhaps due to the fact that I am hundreds of miles from any ocean, or maybe it’s my personality. This really bums me out because I find the Coast Guard to be fascinating. In honor of the Coast Guard’s birthday, and it also being my own birthday today, I’ve decided to write about the Coast Guard. (Note: As I am sure someone will point out, the Coast Guard actually dates back to August of 1790. However, January 28th is the...

Dogs may help Veterans with PTSD

Treatment for PTSD can come in many forms. I often speak to Veterans who are involved in group counseling, outpatient treatment, and many other traditional types of treatment. While working (ok, playing) on Facebook yesterday, I noticed a post by the Fayetteville VAMC that reminded me of a non-traditional method I had forgotten about…pet therapy. Granted, I am one of the 5 people in the world who doesn’t like animals, but I believe in this type of rehabilitation. I decided to do a little research on this topic, and was surprised to find information on the VA website. According to the VA, Some...

OEF/OIF Veterans among the highest unemployed

The main reason I write for this blog, and have worked so hard on it for the past two years, is that I want to get quality information to Veterans. I hate to sound like a corrupt mp3 file (broken record for our older readers,) but there is a ton of misinformation circulating about VA Disability benefits. I find that there are a lot of programs out there that Veterans aren’t aware of, and we are going to talk about one of the big ones today, Individual Unemployability. It is often referred to as IU, and Google will think that you misspelled “employability,” if you search for it. While there are...

How to guarantee your VA claim is approved…seek treatment

Ok, in reality there is no way to 100% guarantee your claim gets approved. You could have video evidence of your injury as well as hand written buddy statements from 30 Marines, The Secretary of Defense, and God, and the VA would still find a way to deny your claim. However, your VA claim is a lot more likely to get approved if you seek treatment. Let’s look into to this topic a little deeper. Heather, our lead VA attorney, was discussing chronic issues recently, and we asked her to go into a little more detail. Heather explained that in order to get service connected for most physical...

I don't want to wait...for my claim to be over: The truth about filing multiple VA Claims

One thing I try to do when talking to all of our new clients is to refrain from getting emotional. This isn’t always easy. It is especially difficult when A Veteran tells me that someone gave them false information. One of these situations occurred a few months ago. The Veteran I was speaking to served in Desert Storm, and was quite pleasant. He told me he only had one claim pending for his shoulder. After talking to him in more detail, he stated that he wanted to pursue PTSD, several GWI issues, his back as well as his knees. I asked him why he hadn’t filed for those yet, and his response...

How the friends you make in service can help your VA Claim

I’m probably the next to last person who should be writing a blog about how important friendships are. (Pretty sure Judas was worse at friendship than I am.) I tend to hold people to high standards, and this means I have to go to movies by myself a lot. However, from my experience working with VA claims, I know how important it is to stay connected with the people you served with. From a mental standpoint, it’s always great to connect with people who have shared experiences. This is especially true when it comes to combat situations. A lot of PTSD counseling involves group therapy as it tends...

Veterans Disability…it’s not what you think is!

It’s hard for me to admit this, but I don’t know everything…about VA disability compensation. It’s vast, complicated, and I have to keep up to date with other important things like what Jennifer Lawrence is up to these days. However, I do know quite a bit. I’m also observant. For instance, when I talk to Vets who served in OIF/OEF they tend to be confused by what VA disability means. They hear the word “disability,” and they think it means that they have to be completely and totally disabled in order to receive benefits. These younger Veterans also think they are too young to receive benefits,...

What are PTSD Stressors?

A few months back I received a phone call from a Veteran who wanted to file for PTSD. He served from 1988-1990 and never left the country. Due to the fact that he had not served in combat, I decided to, like I would for any non-combat Veteran, ask him to verify his stressor. For those who don’t know, a stressor is something that makes you worried or anxious: a source of stress. In combat there are numerous valid stressors. In non-combat situations there are a lot too. However, what this Veteran claimed to be his stressor left me speechless. He instructed me that his drill instructor yelled at...

PTSD infographic for Veterans

Check out our easy to read infographic we created to help Veterans navigate through the complicated process that is PTSD. To learn more about what our law firm can do to assist you with your PTSD claim, give us a call: 1-877-526-3457. Fill out this form, and I will be happy to give you a call.  

Does Individual Unemployability End at Retirement Age?

I have been working with VA Disability for close to three years, and I still get questions that surprise me. Just today I was talking with the spouse of a Veteran, and she asked a question I have never heard before. In fact, I learned a little something new in the process. Her situation was pretty normal. Her husband served in Vietnam, he was granted Individual Unemployability, and was approaching retirement age. She explained that since he was almost 65 his IU would go away. I honestly hadn’t thought of this before. So, the question we have to answer is: Does individual Unemployability stop...